This is the second collaboration between chef Anthony Demetre and front-of-house Will Smith, a dynamic duo that's fast gaining a reputation among London restaurants for relaxed dining rooms and outstanding food (they also own the excellent Arbutus in Soho: 63 Frith Street, W1; 020 7734 4545). Wild Honey won a Michelin star in 2008 and with good reason: it's everything a restaurant should be. Formerly a Drones members' club, the room has retained the stout wood-panelled walls and comfortable booths that made it an exclusive London haunt, but these days, the tables are filled by a buzzy mix of posh suits and jeans and T-shirts. The food is simply brilliant: understated seasonal combinations that are precise but never prissy (compliments to the chef for the wild honey ice cream with honeycomb). You can buy small carafes of wine so it's easy to have something different with every course. It isn't even expensive: a three-course pre-theatre menu is only £17.95. Just one problem: you might struggle to get a table.
Food: 8, Service: 7, Atmosphere: 8
12 St George Street
020 7758 9160
Open: noon-2.30pm, 5.30pm Mon-Sat; 12.30-3.30pm, 5.30-9.30pm Sun